“Ironically, we need to put front and centre the very things we do not want in our teaching, the very things we do not even know are in our teaching.” (against common sense, 2015,preparing teachers for uncertainty, pg.41)
Curriculum shaped me to be a ‘good student’. I am mindful of how a ‘good student’ should act and ensure that that is how I am acting at all times. I am mindful to sit still in class, I always get my work done in a timely fashion and only speak when spoken too, I raise my hand and wait when I have something to say, I am very polite and am willing to help a teacher with whatever they need, because this is what I have been taught.
While I do see the value in the lesson of a ‘good student’ from a traditional teaching approach, I also am able to recognize that a student can learn just as well and be considered a good learning student, while not embodying the traditional ideology of a good student. I see much more value in teaching my future students to do ‘good people’. Teaching empathy, patience and understanding are much more important to me than teaching a child to raise their hand.
Teaching is full of hidden messages. “Rather the goal is to conscientiously make visible these hidden lessons and the various lenses students use to make sense of them.” (Pg.41,against common sense, 2015) I think it is important to emphasize the hidden messages in curriculum because the underlying messages carry very important ideas. They carry political ideas about the type of citizen the child should become. They also carry the hidden message about the type of human they should become. Lessons often encourage kind, sharing and compassionate behaviour. This is the most important hidden message in my opinion.
I need to be mindful that my future students don’t become too centred around the politics of education and the curriculum. I also need to be mindful they don’t concern themselves too greatly with what is considered the ‘norm’ in terms of learning. Children all learn at different paces and in different ways. There is no wrong way of learning. That is an important idea to pass on, I think.